Daiquain Watson Breaks Record as Penguins Wrap Up Penn State National Elite Invitational

Daiquain Watson
Daiquain Watson

State College, Pa. - Sophomore Daiquain Watson set a new school record in the high jump as the rest of the Youngstown State men's and women's track and field wrapped up their final day of competition at the Penn State National Elite Invitational. 

On his fifth jump of the afternoon, Watson broke his previous school record by .11m with a leap of 7.30m. Watson had set the record earlier this year with a jump of 7.19m at the YSU Icebreaker. Today's jump by Watson also earned him a third place finish in the event. 

Senior Dom Westbay took home a fifth place finish in the shot put with a season-best throw of 17.39m on his second attempt of the afternoon. Brandon Orlando also competed in the shot put and placed 13th with a throw of 16.17m. Freshman Zach Gehm finished the afternoon with a mark of 14.91m.

Junior Collin Harden ran a time of 48.76 seconds in the 400m to record a sixth place finish in the event. Brendon Lucas placed 11th in the 200m after finishing up with a time of 22.25 seconds. 

Freshman Terron Taylor finished tied for fourth in the high jump after clearing a personal-best height of 2.01m. For the women, Abby Jones and Olivia Jones also competed in high jump and had fifth and sixth place finishes respectively. Abby Jones cleared 1.69m on her second attempt while Olivia cleared the same mark, a personal-best. Senior Kira Neef cleared a height of 1.60m.

Freshman Sammy Dyson competed in the shot put and finished with a mark of 12.18m. Kaitlyn Merwin also competed in the shot put but did not record a mark on the afternoon. 

Sophomore Jessica Stever turned in her furthest jump of the season in the long jump with a mark of 5.54m to earn a ninth place finish. 

Unseeded Events Results

Sophomore Sean Peterson was the winner of the 800m after clocking a personal-best time of 1:54.17 in Heat 3.

Suerethia Henderson took second place in the 200m dash after running a time of 24.68 seconds. Sophomore Antonelle LaMonica also competed in the event and finished in a personal-best 26.03 seconds.

Iva Domitrovich won her heat in the 400m and placed fifth overall with a time of 57.97 seconds. 

Cody Sikora also ran in the 400m and finished with a time of 49.348 seconds to win his heat and fourth place overall. Later on, Sikora placed fourth again this time in the 300m with a time of 35.10 seconds. 

Five different Penguins set personal-best times in the men's and women's 3,000m run. On the women's side, Jennifer Muhlenkamp finished in 10:21.10, Ashleigh Rowley clocked a time of 10:27.77, and Maggie Sebest finished in 10:35.12. For the men, Chris Butler came in with a time of 8:40.39 and Tyler Polman finished in 8:45.40.

Nicole Squatrito and Natalie Fleming both competed in the 800m. Squatrito ran a time of 2:16.20 and Fleming finished with a time of 2:18.64.

Jamynk Jackson finished ninth in the 200m dash after running a time of 22.25 seconds. Josh Beaumont also competed in the 200m dash and ran a time of 22.58 seconds.

Freshman Ethan Sparks clocked a time of 4:21.24 in the 1 mile run, a personal-best, while sophomore Cole Lovett finished in 4:44.28.

The Penguins will be back in action next Friday and Saturday when they host the YSU National Mid-Major Invitational from the WATTS.